Chronograph in the shade... ideas wanted


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kludge
April 13, 2012, 01:59 PM
So we made some safety improvements at the range and now we have about 20-25 feet of a "carport" that extends out from the firing line. The bottom side is holding up several sheets of bulletproof panels that reduce the risk of a bullet leaving the range.

The downside is that my chronograph now has no view of the sky.

There is no electricity available (for the time being) for artificial light.

Any ideas?

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jmr40
April 13, 2012, 02:33 PM
I don't think you will have any problems. Just use it without the sunscreens. I like to get to my range right at sunup to beat the rush and finish before it gets hot. The range faces west, and the benches out to about 50 yards are in the shade until about 10 AM anyway. I will see minor differences between AM readings and the times I've shot in the PM with full sunlight. No more than 20-25 fps. Not enough for me to worry over.

Claude Clay
April 13, 2012, 02:43 PM
beta crony's sell an attachment lights rig. i think its ~$50.
kinda pricy but uses a 9 volt battery.

steveno
April 13, 2012, 03:08 PM
cloudy days are better for using the chronograph anyway so it probably won't notice the extra shading

BCRider
April 13, 2012, 05:26 PM
It's too bad that they used a full roof instead of an open structure to hold the upper "blinds". Then you'd have the light you need.

Steveno, a cloudy day is still many orders of brightness better than a solid roof only a few feet above the chrono eyes. I'd be surprised if it works.

One option is to introduce your own "sun" by sticking some of that LED strip over the sun shades so the strip injects light into the white translucent plastic. Being DC operated at 12volts it won't flicker like flourescent lights do.

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